It was a difficult summer for the small businesses in the Heart of Northeast. Various construction projects in the neighborhood took over parking spots, filled the air with dust, and created daily traffic jams. People had good reason to avoid the area. When the orange cones were removed from Hennepin this fall, business owners and residents alike breathed a sigh of relief.

Seeing the need for a boost in both visitors and morale, the Northeast Business Association (NEBA) came up with Eat Northeast (or Eat NE). The deal was simple: pay $10, and receive a punchcard in the mail; Present that card at participating businesses, and receive a Buy One, Get One Free deal. Businesses got more traffic coming through their doors, and customers got great deals. It was a win-win. Several restaurant owners reported seeing new faces coming in with Eat NE punchcards, while Eat NE purchasers had the opportunity to try places they had never been to before.

 Northeast resident Maggie Stopera putting her punchcard to use

Northeast resident Maggie Stopera putting her punchcard to use

 Mill City runners at Punch Pizza

Mill City runners at Punch Pizza

 Ginger Hop owner Katey Leitch purchased Eat NE cards for her entire staff

Ginger Hop owner Katey Leitch purchased Eat NE cards for her entire staff

Special thanks to all of the participating restaurants:

The Bad Waitress | Ginger Hop | Gorkha Palace | JL Beers | Keegan’s Pub | Lunds & Byerlys | Lu’s Sandwiches | Otter’s Saloon | PinKU | Pizza Nea | Punch Pizza | Red Savoy | Red Stag Supperclub | Surdyks | Taraccino | Whitey’s Saloon

As well as Bill Helmers from Northeast Bank and Brian Barlow from Union Bank and Trust.

Artwork & event marketing by Kazoo Branding.